No. 1 Alabama Tops Preseason Top 25 for Third Consecutive Year

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The preseason AP poll started in 1950 and since then only Oklahoma from 1985-87 had started No. 1 in three straight years until now. In an unsurprising twist, Alabama and Clemson top the poll with the vast majority of first-place votes, with Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide narrowly snatching the top spot away from Dabo Swinney and the Tigers.

The difference between the two teams is the one first-place vote for the Badgers. The Crimson Tide are coming off of a 13-1 season that ended with a national title.

UCF cracked last season's top 25 on October 1 following the team's 38-10 win over Maryland. The ACC, Pac-12 and Big 12 followed with four.

UCF was ranked No. 21 in the Associated Press preseason Top 25 poll released Monday.

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Central Florida was the only team in the country to go undefeated last season and - you might have heard - the school made a decision to declare the Knights national champions because why not? The team checks in at No. 9 in the first coaches' poll of the 2018 season, which was released earlier in August.

This is the Nittany Lions' second consecutive ranking in the poll; prior to last season, the team hadn't earned a preseason ranking since 2010.

The Cowboys received 51 points, the fourth team outside the poll and just ahead of FAU, which received 38 points. Boise State in 2007 was No. 24 in the preseason.

From Ohio State to Michigan to Penn State to Michigan State and Wisconsin, the conference is home to five teams who have legit aspirations of not only winning the conference championship but of making the College Football Playoff too.

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